The Indians franchise leader in saves is moving on.
Cody Allen is signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, leaving Cleveland after seven seasons with the ball club.
The deal is worth $8.5 million with incentives that could increase his 2019 salary up to $11 million.
Cleveland drafted Allen in the 16th round of the 2011 amateur draft out of High Point University.
One year later, Allen made his major league debut for the organization and started a career that would put him among the best closers in franchise history.
From 2014 to 2018, Allen had at least 24 saves in each season and became the man like Jose Mesa, Mike Jackson, Bob Wickman and Chris Perez before him as the Indians go-to arm in the 9th inning.
In 2018, Allen was 4-6 with 27 saves and a 4.70 ERA in 70 appearances.
Much like his predecessors, he also had his hiccups along the way.
He gave up eight home runs or more in the last three seasons including 11 during the 2018 season.
Even with the acquisitions of Andrew Miller in 2016 and Brad Hand in 2018, manager Terry Francona stuck with Allen as the closer much to the fans dismay.
Allen surpassed Bob Wickman as the franchise leader in saves last July with 140. He leaves Cleveland with 149 career saves.
The Indians will turn to Brad Hand as the closer for the 2019 season.
An All-Star reliever the last two seasons with the Padres, Hand has been one of the best in baseball out of the bullpen and has experience as a closer with 21 saves in 2017 and 32 (8 with Cleveland) during the 2018 season.
The rest of the bullpen is a big question mark as Cleveland heads into a 2019 campaign with much more uncertainty than recent years.
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